Territorians are expected to face tough austerity measures in a long-awaited plan to lift the Northern Territory out of its financial crisis.
The NT government revealed it would freeze the pay of politicians and public sector executives for three years to save $25 million.
The savings, which were revealed ahead of the plan's release on Tuesday, are a small fraction of the savings needed to solve the NT's financial crisis.
Former WA under-treasurer John Langoulant, who is leading the "root and branch" review, has warned that the budget was in structural deficit.
The government was borrowing $4 million a day to meet costs and was facing $35.7 billion debt and a $2 billion interest bill by 2029, he said.
A main culprit was average annual government spending growth of six per cent over the last two decades, with health spending a major factor.
NT Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner said a lot of tough decisions were in the report but he believed "you will see we've done everything we can to put the Territory first and put Territorians first".
"We believe it is really important when you do structural repair that it is not a crash diet, it is a lifestyle change," Mr Gunner told reporters.
"The measures have to be structural, permanent and abiding and lead to a significant, improved budget outcome in the Territory ... it can't just be a one-off."
The size of the public service has grown from 14,000 to 21,500 in 15 years but Mr Gunner flagged there would not be significant job cuts, because "deep pain ... would cripple the Territory economy".
The three-year pay freeze will only affect 643 executives and 25 elected MLAs.
It was only fair that heavy lifting was also done by those people, he said.
The government has promised not to slash frontline teachers, nurses, child protection workers and police, meaning the numbers of public servants in management and administration roles could be cut.
Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said sacking public servants would hurt the economy, but numerous Labor programs that were not working and wasting money should possibly be scrapped.
These programs included the MyFuel NT app, and the Team NT and Boundless Possible programs, aimed at attracting new investment and residents.
"Labor knew that there would be declines in GST revenue but continued to waste money on things like self-promotion branded fence wraps and shade structures that don't provide shade," Mr Higgins said.
The government blames a $500 million cut in annual GST returns and $876 million deficit left by the CLP, but Mr Higgins said the former government cut Labor's net debt by nearly half to $1.8 billion.